7 Reasons We're Becoming Location-Independent

Bye for now Portland.GIF

The Tinkertowners are going local — as in, becoming locals wherever we are! Some call this lifestyle ‘digital nomads,’ or ‘borderless living,’ but we’re going with ‘location-independence.’ We’ve both lived overseas before (Robert in Vietnam, Australia and the UK; Kim in Norway), and have both also traveled extensively over the past 20 years. This leads some of our friends and family to ask if we’ll ever come back to the USA and our answer is: We’re not sure yet.

Leaving lovely Portland to explore life in other parts of the globe, as a location-independent family.

Leaving lovely Portland to explore life in other parts of the globe, as a location-independent family.

Some of our reasons for ditching the idea of one specific location being called “home”:

  1. It’s now easier than ever to register and manage a business entirely online, especially with programs like the country of Estonia’s e-Residency. The middle class is on the rise seemingly everywhere but in America, and we’re eager to find opportunity wherever it may be on this sphere of ours.

  2. By setting up a home and staying as long as we feel inspired by a given location, we’ll have the time to make friends with locals and interesting expats from around the world. We’ll be bringing our little pal Disco the Doggo, so might even make some nice new canine friends.

  3. Cost of living is dramatically lower in some other parts of the world — that are often more beautiful, more full of arts & culture, and safer than the USA. We’ll be living in Vietnam (first up: Saigon, then perhaps Da Nang and Hanoi) for the foreseeable future, until we decide to move on. Other locations under consideration down the road are Estonia, Bulgaria, India, Laos, Mexico, Russia (yes, Russia), and the Rep. of Georgia — but, nah, not Chang Mai, Thailand.

  4. Online high school (for Kim’s teenage daughter) has 100% fewer school shootings than schools in the USA do. Not only will she have more time and creative flexibility (she’s a night owl like us), she’ll be much more safe in this era of epic American gun violence.

  5. Our kids will develop a much more well-rounded worldview and will be taking art and language classes wherever we are.

  6. Living outside the US, specifically, diversifies gut bacteria — which can lead to overall better health and well-being.

  7. All the caramelized bacon and delicious IPAs have led to a bump in, ahem, girth. We’re looking forward to eating healthier - with some of the world’s freshest, tastiest street food awaiting — AND feeling healthier by distancing ourselves from the constant barrage of social media angst in these prickly times in the States.

We’ll be writing and posting videos — and would love to know what you’d find most interesting. So leave us a comment on what you’d like to see most along the way as we have new adventures.

International house tours? Street food? Recipes and cooking lessons? How to make money while living abroad? How to be an e-Resident? How to travel internationally with a dog? Local music? Local comedy scenes? Cost of living comparisons? Just let us know…

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